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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I have read a lot of mock drafts that have us taking S Thomas Davis out of UGA. This guy apparently played safety in college, but is expected to make the switch to LB in the pros. I've seen him ...

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Old 04-13-2005, 02:57 PM   #1
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I have read a lot of mock drafts that have us taking S Thomas Davis out of UGA. This guy apparently played safety in college, but is expected to make the switch to LB in the pros. I've seen him play a couple of games at UGA and I've seen some video highlights of his time at Georgia, and he definitely possesses a lot of speed and athleticism. But, does he have the size to make the conversion from safety to linebacker?
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Old 04-13-2005, 03:01 PM   #2
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don\'t know his exact mearsurements but he is big for a safety. i think he is about Watson\'s size. but i could be wrong.
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But, does he have the size to make the conversion from safety to linebacker?
I read where he actually played both OLB and SS at UGA. The UGA defense plays their SS close to the line anyway so its very similar to playing OLB anyway.

I think he\'s a better OLB prospect than he is a SS prospect. To me his main attribute is that he is a playmaker. He has football skills, not just the measurables.
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As for his size: 6\"1\" 220 to 230.
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Old 04-13-2005, 03:12 PM   #5
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For comparison\'s sake:

Levar Fisher - 6\'2\" 239
Sedrick Hodge- 6\'4\" 246

So maybe a little light, but like I said earlier, he\'s got ATHLETICISM
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I\'m high on Davis, but only as SS. We don\'t need anothe r light in the pants LB, especially with our DTs. I\'ve read many reports of 4.4 speed, so he\'d do just fine with Smith. I\'m thinking that he would be a smarter TBuck, a Roy Williams clone.

I think the best move would be to give the Eagles our #2 and change for Simon, and draft Davis. I\'m assuming Simon hasn\'t been dealt yet. We\'d get at least our #2 back for Howard, maybe a #1 from someone. (shrug)

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EDIT: At the combine he measured 6-1, 231, 4.55
Some other OLB\'s of interest...
6-4, 235 Derrick Johnson
6-2, 236 Kevin Burnett
6-4, 240 Darryl Blackstock

Playing in NFL now...
5-11, 242 Jamie Winborne
6-0, 223 Ian Gold
6-0, 235 Derrick Brooks
6-0, 234 Levar Fisher
6-0, 242 DJ Williams
6-0, 233 TJ Slaughter
6-1, 237 Jessie Armstead
6-1, 231 Will Witherspoon
6-2, 245 Keith Brookings
6-2, 245 Brady James
6-2, 244 Mark Fields
6-3, 235 Boss Bailey
6-3, 235 Julian Peterson

Looks to me like Davis is the perfect size for an OLB. He\'ll probably get a bit bigger I\'m sure.

[Edited on 13/4/2005 by Danno]

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If Davis played at LB, I think he has the knack for making tackles. He punished people at Georgia and is an explosive tackler. Lack of size may hurt him taking on blocks though.
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I heard a draft show, i think on NFL Network that he is comparable to Derrick Brooks. Maybe it will be good to stay put and get this guy!!!!
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I heard a draft show, i think on NFL Network that he is comparable to Derrick Brooks. Maybe it will be good to stay put and get this guy!!!!
Oh yeah! I like it.
A bigger, faster Derrick Brooks?
I\'m sold.

ANALYSIS
Big, strong, physical athlete with a V-shaped torso, thick chest, broad shoulders, muscular arms, large hands, good bubble, thick thighs and calves … Does everything the coaches ask, is a workout warrior and pushes others when they see his work ethic … Has good field smarts and is quick to see and read plays, especially the run … Shows quick reaction to what he sees in front of him and he is rarely caught out of position … Can lay back and play centerfield with good timing to make the play on the ball … Has good timing ability on his leaps going for the ball, showing good arm extension to get to the pigskin at its high point … Has outstanding range, doing a very good job of covering ground in a hurry … Quick to support against the run, showing good explosion when closing … Has the height and speed to match up against any tight end, running back or receiver … Big hitter who can blow opponents up if he\'s on track … Does a good job of breaking down, facing up and wrapping … Has enough speed to trail tight ends, running backs and slot receivers … Keeps things in front of him in zone coverage, showing very good range and takes proper angles in pursuit … Quick to step up and plug the rush lanes, showing a good feel for the support lanes and will generally take good angles to get to the ball … Davis\' strength allows for him to display explosive hitting ability … Uses his hands effectively to shed blocks and will not hesitate to throw himself into the pile to sniff out the ball … Excellent blitzer who can come off the edge with explosion or use his club and rip moves to shed, stack and control to shoot the inside gaps.


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